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The University of Tulsa College of Law began as the Tulsa Law School, a city‑based program founded in 1923 by a group of Tulsa attorneys. In its early years, the Tulsa Law School was not affiliated with a university, and the faculty consisted of lawyers who practiced during the day and taught at night.


The Tulsa Law School became affiliated with The University of Tulsa in 1943. It was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1953 and admitted to membership in the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1966. The law school continued to be located downtown until 1973, when it moved to the TU campus and its permanent home, John Rogers Hall. In 2000, the College added a new Legal Information Center. A new Clinic Building was added in 2002, and the Courtroom was extensively renovated in 2003.


The University of Tulsa College of Law offers seven areas of excellence: the National Energy Environment Law and Policy Institute (NELPI) and the Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (REEL) Certificate Program, the Native American Law Center and Certificate Program, the Center for Comparative and International Law and Certificate Program, the Public Policy and Regulation Certificate Program, the Health Law Certificate Program, the Lawyering Skills Certificate Program, and the Entrepreneurial Law Certificate Program.


The National Energy‑Environment Law and Policy Institute (NELPI) draws on TU's internationally known reputation in oil and gas, while also examining natural resource and environmental issues. NELPI's flagship publication, the Energy Law Journal, has been co‑published since 1985 by the TU College of Law and the Federal Energy Bar based in Washington, D.C.


More than 35 federally recognized Native American tribes are headquartered in Oklahoma. About half of these, including the governments of the Five Civilized Tribes, are within an easy drive of Tulsa. This proximity to tribal headquarters makes it possible for the Native American Law Certificate Program to offer student internships at the heart of modern, evolving tribal governments. The Law School now offers an LL.M. program for American Indian & Indigenous Law. The University of Tulsa's McFarlin Library also houses the John W. Shleppey Collection, one of the nation's most complete sets of tribal laws, constitutions and regulations.


The law school's Comparative and International Law Center (CILC) offers students the opportunity to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland and Geneva, Switzerland. The school also participates as part of a consortium in summer abroad programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Tianjin, China. A semester abroad program in London, England is also offered. An LL.M. degree program in Comparative and International Law for Foreign Lawyers is available. The CILC also coordinates visiting faculty members and guest speakers from other countries.


Human resources are the TU law school's most valuable asset. Inquisitive students and a dedicated faculty produce a dynamic atmosphere. As teachers, TU law faculty members are dedicated to training students. As scholars, these professors add to the storehouse of legal knowledge in many fields ‑‑ environmental and natural resources law, bioethics, sports law, alternative methods of dispute resolution, Native American law, energy law and international and comparative law.


The law school's ten joint degree programs also provide cross‑disciplinary education in history, business administration, accounting, modern disciplinary education in history, English, psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, clinical psychology, computer science, anthropology, biological sciences, geosciences, taxation, and finance.


The law school also offers lawyering skills courses such as pretrial and trial practice, estate planning and evidence workshops. In addition, the law school offers legal and judicial internship programs; client counseling, negotiation and trial advocacy competitions; and the opportunity to serve on the staff of three publications, the Tulsa Law Review, the Energy Law Journal, and the Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law.


The Board of Advocates (BOA) is open to any law student interested in advocacy. Its mission is to develop the communication skills of the lawyer in a broad range of settings. The BOA provides opportunities for professional development of the oral and written skills required for the legal profession. The BOA sponsors two intraschool competitions: a negotiation competition for first‑year students, and the Professor John W. Hager Memorial Competition for all students. The BOA also sponsors a number of upper‑class competitions in which students represent the College of Law in regional, national, and international competitions. The BOA has hosted regional competitions at the Law School.


The University of Tulsa Boesche Legal Clinic offers students academic credit and clinical experience in cases involving landlord‑tenant law, Social Security disability, unemployment compensation, welfare benefits, and other issues. The Boesche Legal Clinic currently offers two clinical programs: the Immigration Rights Project (opened in 2006), and the transactional Social Enterprise & Economic Development (SEED) Law Project (opened Spring 2008).


The Law School's Mabee Legal Information Center (MLIC) contains over 400,000 volumes and has a computerized information system to connect TU students with libraries throughout the United States and abroad. The Mabee Legal Information Center includes an electronic classroom, rooms for special study projects, group study rooms, and sophisticated use of new information technologies including CD Roms, the Internet, multi‑media, new student organization offices and a new classroom. The MLIC ranks around the top third among all ABA approved Law Schools in total net square footage area. In addition, all classrooms in the law school building are wireless classrooms.


The Price‑Turpen Courtroom is designed with a flexible wall system to allow space as a large courtroom or independently functional and sound‑proof rooms for teaching, seminars and small courtroom needs. The technology in the courtroom allows presenters, with one touch, to control lighting, screen and projector, and display images from computer, VCR, DVD or document camera. Also, multiple cameras make it possible to broadcast and record presentations. The Oklahoma civil and criminal appellate courts regularly use the new courtroom to hear cases.


The University of Tulsa College of Law, with 34 full‑time regular faculty and several distinguished visiting and adjunct faculty members, enrolls approximately 500 students in its full‑time and part‑time divisions. By graduating lawyers who have become noted judges, educators, practitioners and public office holders, the law school has made its mark nationwide. Alumni in every state and several foreign countries attest to the law school's continuing efforts to seek a diverse, multi‑talented student body.



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JANET KOVEN LEVIT, (Dean and Professor of Law), born Illinois, August 21, 1968; admitted to bar, 1994, Oklahoma. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1990); Yale University (M.A., 1994); Yale Law School (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Contracts, International Law, Administrative Law, International Business. Email: janet‑

CHARLES W. ADAMS, (Professor of Law), born Elgin, Illinois, June 3, 1948; admitted to bar, 1976, California; 1977, Oklahoma. Education: University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A., 1968; M.A., 1970); University of California at Berkeley (M.B.A., 1972); University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Law and Economics, Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy. Email: charles‑


GARY DEAN ALLISON, (Vice Dean and Professor of Law), born Wichita, Kansas, December 14, 1946; admitted to bar, 1973, Oklahoma. Education: University of Tulsa (B.S., 1968); University of Tulsa College of Law (J.D., 1972); Columbia University (LL.M., 1976). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Water Law, Regulated Industries, Hazardous Substances. Email: gary‑


M. THOMAS ARNOLD, (Professor of Law), born Auburn, New York, November 23, 1952; admitted to bar, 1976, Michigan. Education: Ohio University (A.B., 1973; M.A., 1973); University of Michigan (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Contracts, Civil Procedure, Agency and Partnership, Basic Corporate Law, Unfair Trade Practices. Email: mark‑


CARRIE GRIFFIN BASAS, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Baltimore, Maryland, February 27, 1977; admitted to bar, 2003, Massachusetts. Education: Swarthmore College (B.A., with honors, 1999); Harvard Law School (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Disability Rights, Professional Responsibility, Constitutional Law, FDA Law & Animal Law. Email: carrie‑


CHRIS BLAIR, (Associate Professor of Law), born Martins Ferry, Ohio, March 15, 1949; admitted to bar, 1976, Ohio. Education: Muskingum College (B.A., 1971); Ohio State University (J.D., 1976); Columbia University (LL.M., 1981). COURSES: Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law. Email: christen‑


D. MARIANNE BLAIR, (Professor of Law), born Chicago, Illinois; admitted to bar, 1982, Oklahoma. Education: DePauw University (B.A., 1974); Ohio State University (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Family Law. Email: marianne‑


DANIEL J. BOUDREAU, (Lecturer‑in‑Law), born Natick, Massachusetts, May 10, 1947; admitted to bar, 1976, Oklahoma. Education: Boston College (B.A., 1969); Rutgers University (M.S.W., 1972); University of Tulsa College of Law (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Alternative Dispute Resolution. Email: daniel‑


BARBARA BUCHOLTZ, (Professor of Legal Writing), born Tulsa, Oklahoma; admitted to bar, 1980, Indiana; 1983, Oklahoma. Education: Mount Holyoke (B.A., 1961); Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D., 1980); George Washington University Law Center (LL.M., 1990). COURSES: Corporations, Comparative Corporate Law, Agency and Partnership, Reasoning and Writing, Jurisprudence, Legal History, Non‑Profit Associations. Email: barbara‑


ROBERT A. BUTKIN, (Professor of Law), born Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 28, 1952; admitted to bar, 1979, District of Columbia; 1983, Oklahoma. Education: Yale College (B.A., 1975); University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Contracts, State and Local Administrative Law. Email: robert‑


MARGUERITE ANN CHAPMAN, (Associate Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1976, Arkansas. Education: University of Arkansas (B.A., 1973; J.D., 1976); George Washington University National Law Center (LL.M., 1985). COURSES: Torts, Bioethics and the Law, Health Law, Law and Medicine, Decedents' Estates and Trusts. Email: marguerite‑


RUSSELL L. CHRISTOPHER, (Professor of Law), born Goshen, New York, August 7, 1961; admitted to bar, 1996, New York. Education: Hamilton College (A.B., 1983); University of Michigan (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Jurisprudence. Email: russell‑


PATIENCE A. CROWDER, (Assistant Clinical Professor), born 1973; admitted to bar, 2000, California; 2005 Maryland. Education: Georgetown University (B.A., 1995); Rutgers University School of Law (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Economic Development Clinic. Email: patience‑


CATHERINE CULLEM, (Professor of Legal Writing), born New York, May 25, 1954; admitted to bar, 1980, Oklahoma. Education: C.W. Post College, Long Island University (B.A., 1977); University of Tulsa College of Law (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Legal Reasoning, Authorities and Writing, Criminal Law. Email: catherine‑


RICHARD DUCEY, (Professor of Law, Director Mabee Legal Information Center), born New Milford, Connecticut, August 21, 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, Connecticut; 1978, District of Columbia; 1979, Massachusetts. Education: Western Connecticut State University (B.A., 1974); New England University School of Law (J.D., 1977); Simmons College (M.S., 1983). COURSES: Legal Research. Email: richard‑


LYN SUZANNE ENTZEROTH, (Associate Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty Development), born St. Louis, Missouri, January 4, 1959; admitted to bar, 1991, Oklahoma. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1982); Tulane University School of Law (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Federal Courts. Email: lyn‑


RUSSELL HITTINGER, (Research Professor of Law), born Quantico, Virginia, July 27, 1949. Education: University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1975); St. Louis University (M.A., 1981); St. Louis University (Ph.D., 1986). COURSES: Religion and Law, Jurisprudence, and similar topics. Email: francis‑


TOM HOLLAND, (Professor of Law), born Delaware, Arkansas, September 11, 1938; admitted to bar, 1971, Oklahoma. Education: Southwestern College; Friends University (B.A., 1961); University of Tulsa College of Law (J.D., 1970); University of Illinois (LL.M., 1976). COURSES: Commercial Law, Consumer Transactions. Email: tommy‑


WILLIAM HOLLINGSWORTH, (Professor of Law), born Miami, Florida, December 28, 1937; admitted to bar, 1969, Florida. Education: University of Florida (B.S.B.A., 1960); Southern Methodist University (B.D., 1967); University of Florida (J.D., 1969); Yale Law School (LL.M., 1972). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Jurisprudence. Email: william‑


EVELYN H. HUTCHISON, (Associate Professor of Legal Writing), admitted to bar, 1993, Oklahoma. Education: University of Tulsa (B.A., 1972; M.A., 1974); University of Tulsa College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1992). COURSES: Legal Reasoning, Analysis & Writing, Advanced Legal Writing. Email: evelyn‑


VICKI J. LIMAS, (Professor of Law, Associate Dean of Students, Co‑Director of the Native American Law Center), born Perry, Oklahoma, August 4, 1952; admitted to bar, 1984, Oklahoma. Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1978; M.A., 1980); Northwestern University (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Employment Discrimination, Civil Procedure, Mediation. Email: vicki‑


MARLA E. MANSFIELD, (Professor of Law, Professorial Fellow, National Energy‑Environment Law and Policy Institute), born Connecticut, April 3, 1952; admitted to bar, 1978, Colorado. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1974); Bard College; University of Wyoming (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Public Lands, Natural Resources, Oil and Gas, Energy, Environmental, Property, Energy. Email: marla‑


ELIZABETH M. MCCORMICK, (Assistant Clinical Professor), admitted to bar, Connecticut; Pennsylvania; Federated States of Micronesia. Education: Fordham University (B.A.); New York University (M.A., 1988); Georgetown University (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Clinical Law Program. Email: elizabeth‑


JOHNNY PARKER, (Professor of Law), born Mississippi, January 20, 1961; admitted to bar, 1985, Mississippi. Education: University of Mississippi (B.A., 1982; J.D., 1984); Columbia University (LL.M., 1987). COURSES: Torts, Insurance Law, Agency/Partnership, Civil Rights. Email: johnny‑


RICHARD A. PASCHAL, (Professor of Legal Writing, Director of the Legal Writing Program), born Paterson, New Jersey, May 9, 1950; admitted to bar, 1977, Oklahoma. Education: University of Oklahoma (B.A., 1972); University of Tulsa (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Legal Writing, Pretrial Practice, Mediation. Email: richard‑


TAMARA R. PIETY, (Associate Professor of Law), born Belleville, Illinois, November 17, 1958; admitted to bar, 1993, Florida. Education: Florida International University (B.A., 1985); University of Miami (J.D., 1991); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 2000). COURSES: Evidence, Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Basic Corporate Law. Email: tamara‑


MADELEINE MERCEDES PLASENCIA, (Associate Professor of Law), born March 14, 1962; admitted to bar, 1989, Pennsylvania; 1992, New York and District of Columbia. Education: Cornell University (A.B., 1984); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Corporate Finance, Federal Securities, Regulations, Torts. Email: madeleine‑


G. WILLIAM RICE, (Associate Professor of Law, Co‑Director of the Native American Law Center), admitted to bar, 1979, Oklahoma. Education: Phillips University (B.A., 1973); University of Oklahoma College of Law (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Tribal Government Law, American Indian Law Seminar, Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law. Email:


JUDITH ROYSTER, (Professor of Law, Co‑Director of the Native American Law Center), born Illinois; admitted to bar, 1986, Wisconsin. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1973; M.A., 1978; J.D., 1986). COURSES: Environmental Law, Native American Rights, Property, Native American Natural Resources. Email: judith‑


IRMA S. RUSSELL, (NELPI Professor of Law), born Pratt, Kansas, March 22, 1947; admitted to bar, 1980, Kansas; 1982, Missouri; 1985, Tennessee. Education: University of Kansas (B.A., 1969; M.A., 1972; B.S., 1974; J.D., 1980). COURSES: Environmental Law, Natural Resources, Professional Responsibility, Sales and Leasing, Commercial Transactions, Administrative Law, Contracts. Email: irma‑


ROBERT EDWARD SPOO, (Associate Professor of Law), born Hornell, New York, July 24, 1957; admitted to bar, 2001, New York; 2003, Oklahoma; 2007, California. Education: Lawrence University (B.A., English, 1979); Princeton University (Ph.D., English, 1986); University of Tulsa College of Law (1996‑1998); Yale Law School (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Intellectual Property, Copyrights, Law & Literature, Contracts. Email: robert‑


WINONA M. TANAKA, (Professor of Law, Vice Provost), born Honolulu, Hawaii, October 25, 1945; admitted to bar, 1971, New York; 1985, Hawaii; 1993, Oklahoma. Education: Wellesley College (B.A., 1967); Columbia University (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Contracts, Pretrial Practice, As Director of Academic Support Program & the Legal Intern Program. Email: winona‑


MELISSA TATUM, (Professor of Law, Co‑Director of the Native American Law Center), born Florida, July 7, 1968; admitted to bar, 1992, Michigan; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of MI; U.S. Court of Appeals for 6th Circuit; Federal Bar Association. Education: Trinity University (B.A., 1989); University of Michigan (J.D., 1992). COURSES: Constitutional Litigation, Criminal Procedure, Indian Law, Juvenile Law. Email: melissa‑


VARLEY H. TAYLOR, (Associate Professor of Law), born Tulsa, Oklahoma, September 11, 1946; admitted to bar, 1971, Oklahoma. Education: Princeton University (B.A., 1968); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1971); New York University Law School (LL.M., 1973). COURSES: Federal Income Taxation, Estate Planning, Decedents Estates and Trusts. Email: varley‑


JAMES C. THOMAS, (Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1957, Alabama, Oklahoma. Education: University of Alabama (J.D., 1957); New York University (LL.M., 1963). COURSES: Antitrust Law, Labor Law, Administrative Law, Legislation, Legal Rights of Children. Email: james‑


KATHLEEN WAITS, (Professor of Law), born Washington, D.C., November 4, 1950; admitted to bar, 1975, District of Columbia; 1978, Illinois; 1980, Florida; 1991, New York. Education: Cornell University (A.B., 1972); Harvard (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Contracts, Professional Responsibility, Civil Procedure, Remedies, Women & The Law, Domestic Violence. Email:


RAY YASSER, (Professor of Law), born New York, N.Y., January 16, 1950; admitted to bar, 1974, North Carolina; 1975, Oklahoma. Education: University of Delaware (B.A., 1971); Duke University (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Torts, Sports Law, Trial Practice. Email: raymond‑


REX J. ZEDALIS, (Professor of Law), born Orlando, Florida, July 22, 1949; admitted to bar, 1976, California. Education: California State University (B.A., 1973); Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., 1976); George Washington University National Law Center (LL.M., 1978); Columbia University (J.S.D., 1987). COURSES: International Energy and Natural Resources, International Business Transactions, Property, Administrative Law. Email: rex‑